All posts filed under: Nuts

Hickory Nut Sandies

I guess for most people, Oreos – or some other chocolately, crispy, gooey thing was their cookie of choice growing up. Me? It was Pecan Sandies… I love a shortbread cookie. I love that slightly sweet and a little bit salty, brown, buttery cookie… and there is nothing better to dunk into a tall glass of cold milk… or hot chocolate…. or coffee (in my later years…) The thing is – I can’t buy them anymore. Between the dairy – pecans – and god knows what else in them; it just isn’t a very good idea. Luckily, since we’ve come across cultured butter, making things we all can eat has gotten a lot easier. ____________________________________________________________________________________ On our trip the other week, the cabin we rented had huge hickory trees surrounding the front parking area. I busied myself one morning whacking the fallen shells with a rock, picking out the tender nut meats – thinking that since they weren’t exactly the same thing as pecans (Jane can’t eat them), or walnuts (.. those either) or most …

Sea of Love – Turtles, and a little salt

It all started with a recent outing to Helen, Georgia. I had stopped in at Hansel & Gretel’s Fudge Shop (honestly, that’s the name…) because..well, really just because I smelled heavy, dark cocoa… and I needed a sugar fix. In the shop, back in the very last display case, were three trays of dark chocolate and milk chocolate Turtles with Sea Salt. I really get off on opposite parings – sweet / salty, bitter / tangy, sour / savory – and I had enjoyed a box of some salted caramels that I had been given as a thank-you gift. So the little salt sprinkled knobs of chocolate called to me from behind the glass. Sea Turtles drying on the rack They were…ok. I expected them to be saltier. I really wanted to have layers of sweet / salty flow over my tongue awakening my taste buds… I didn’t get that. I got a lot of chocolate with a little salt on top. all packaged up I came away from Helen thinking I can do that …

Aww Nuts!

I picked up a beautiful package of dried apricots at the market last week with the intention of doing a really nice stuffed pork loin. Honest, it was going to be a slammin‘ roast. But my inner carnivore got antsy and I just tossed the loin on the grill nekkid… so to speak. That left me with this lovely untethered box of apricots… taunting me from the upper cabinet. I really hate buying something and not using it. It ends up hanging out in the pantry, getting chummy with the Tahini Paste (satay that never got made) and the jumbo tapioca pearls (a passing infatuation with Bubble Tea)… nagging at me… I found a recipe the other day for an almond and apricot cookie with pine nuts, and that got my interest up. Although, I’m not a fan of toasted almonds in cookies (too hard)…   And the pine nuts…while great in salads or savory dishes, they’re not even my last choice for a cookie. And then there was the problem with the dough recipe –  …